But the Phillies are the best team in the NL. All their pitching has to be is decent and they’ll grab the crown.
The Marlins, I’m reserving judgment, but they worry me. I see the Braves and the Fish fighting it out for the wild card, now that the Mets and Nats seemed poised for ugly years, allowing three NL East teams to have very good records.
Im going out on a limb not having even heard this podcast yet and saying that I think the Braves will win the division. Just to be a homer and based on my training in the force, an eleven sided die, and having just eaten a pound of moldy cheese.
I’m halfway through the podcast – listened on my way in to work this morning. I don’t know nothin’ ’bout ‘nothin’, but: is there any chatter/is there any chance that Fredi Gonzalez could come back to the Braves and replace Bobby next year? I like the guy, and it’s true that it’s hard to motivate a team – good or not – if no one’s coming to watch. Just askin’.
Anne, lots of talk about Fredi Gonzalez coming back here from Atlanta fans and the media. Feeling that I have gotten from him and the Marlins, should he survive this year, is that he wants to be with the team when they move into their new stadium and start spending some money on the club. He really wants to be part of that transition. But that of coure is all dependent on him keeping his job through to next season.
Thanks, Curt. As I’ve mentioned in past, I can barely read, let alone muster a complete thought…so I let you people tell me what I know and leave the Blog-reading and reporting to others. I think Fredi has done really well for that franchise since he “left us” and kudos to him for wanting to stick with it, even if only his 2nd cousins come to Marlins games. That’d be a raw deal if they let him go for something that isn’ this fault…but, hey, it wouldn’t be the first time.
Here’s my semi-mean Frenchy post of the day. There’s an interview with Jason Bay in the NY Post (http://tinyurl.com/yhr6bm7). In it, the the interviewer starts throwing out names of players, asking for Bay’s reaction. Such as:
Q: David Wright?
A: A great guy on and off the field. He means a lot to the city of New York and to this team.
Q: Johan Santana?
A: Not what I was expecting at all. I thought Johan was that dead-serious-all-the-time guy. He jokes around. . . . He’s human.
We should have a section on the show – “Steve’s Semi-Mean Frenchy Comment of the Week”, where Stevie says things like “he’s a nice enough guy, but I really hate him” and “what a nincompoop, bless his heart”.
I think it has potential. We can put it right between my “Chris Resop Joke of the Week” and Curt’s “Gall Bladderless Bile Rant of the Week”.
“I just didn’t get the impression, from postgame comments today, that anyone is going to get a spot over Chavez (Cox lauded him again), and I don’t think they’re ready to have Kimbrel on the roster just yet. Asked Cox a question about Kimbrel today and it was ‘He was OK’ sort of response.” -DOB
When I actually had a girlfriend, she cooked me the dryest chicken ever on our first at-home date. I mean, you wouldn’t believe it. I have jerky with more juices.
Anyway, I made it through the meal assuring her it was fine, but this bird was so tough it was hard to keep a straight face while gnawing on it. I would chew and chew and it would not become swallowable. She gave up on hers and fed it to her jack terrier. About the third time she said don’t keep pretending, it’s okay, I’m fine with a cooking disaster, etc. and I was still insisting it was fine, the dog, who had drug his piece into the next room to try and master it, he lets out this extremely loud hack-it-up sound and we both just lost it.
Now I cook for myself. I lit a candle with dinner tonight, but one of my deep sighs blew it out.
I love that story! About Heyward although the one about dry chicken and dog hacking wasn’t bad either. I can totally picture the guy in the woods braving snakes and Mosquitos the size of small chihuahuas to get a look at J-Hey. Can’t you see him waking the next morning with one eye swollen shut from poison ivy and the other wild with years of anticipation?
Bub, my inside intel is rarely wrong and that pun must be recycled. How’d you bake your chicken? Was it a whole bird? I rarely bake the whole bird…don’t like touching the package inside (boo-ya).
Nah, it was a pack of thighs. Didn’t want to spend breast money before I saw if I could cook it. [pauses for jokes]. Half of them I just baked in a cass. dish with a little butter. The other half I got fancy wif da mushroom soups. The plain ones were better, though.
I had so much italian-marinaded meat growing up I got worn out on it.
Wren has let the cat out of the bag on Kimbrel on the radio, so wasn’t surprised there. But I predict Chavez lays a big egg. Starting to half believe those who say front office pride over the Soriano trade is the reason he’s getting such a long leash. So much for taking the best team North.
The positive I’m taking from it is that, while we may suffer with Chavez, giving Kimbrel the steady reps in the minors will probably make him even better.
Bub, olive oil is a nice option and a little healthier than butter.
You know the Soriano angle is a good one. Hadn’t really gone down that road which is shocking given my tilt toward cynicism. Of course the irony is that the best way to hide that trade is not to have his replacement getting drilled every time he comes into a game.
“and you thought Soriano gave up soul crushing homers….”
Enjoyed the ‘cast and loved the Heyward story more (sorry).
God bless good old-fashioned parenting when you hear Heyward’s pop say, “I know we live in a democracy, but this is a dictatorship. No.”, when our RF wanted to consider football …. I shall express the same to my little girl when she wants to ditch the 7-iron soon to be in her hands in exchange for a volleyball or something.
Link please Curtis! I hope you were a bit grouchy. You’ve sounded a little soft here lately. My Sportacular app showed me the Braves scored a run so I made a bet with the Rev that Martin Prado had something to do with the RBI. He placed his bet on J.Hey. I said “Honey, he’s not in the lineup”. He said, “Doesn’t matter…he’s just that good.”
I’m working on a link. I will post it when I get it. I actually had a nice conversation with them. I tried to explain very analytically why it is that the Braves don’t draw as well. We’ll see if it works.
Leah, I don’t know what kind of phone you have, but I would highly suggest the MLB 2010 At Bat app. It’s really great. Costs $15, but you get audio for every game, video (if the have the MLB TV package), all sorts of stats. Much better than sportacular.
1. Great broadcasters that made it nearly as entertaining to go to a game as to sit in the comfort of home
2. Hassssssle to get to the stadium. Hassle to park, hassle to walk through rough neighboorhoods. CRAP public transit
3. RIP OFF concession prices
our fans dont suck they are just lazy
(raises hand- myself included)
WE are Braves fans and We don’t suck! Who cares about the rest of them. The city of Atlanta has never been a big time sports town as others have been, and may never be. It’s hard to make up for the years of tradition that NY, Boston, Chicago, SL, Cincy, LA and others have. ATL is mucho metro and not enough retro.
Yeah Cledus…devil take them’s what I always say. Curt, I do have the At Bat app as well as Sportacular, not sure if I’m proud of that fact or embarrassed. I like to be notified of what’s going on even if I’m not watching/listening to the game and the later keeps me informed (such a type A thing to do, sigh). My husband and I are doing our Spring song and dance re: mlb.tv. I give him my best puppy dog look and he rolls his eyes. I make subtle hints and he pretends not to hear. I know I could just buy the darn thing and he wouldn’t complain but I’ll feel less guilty as the games click by if he makes the purchase. He always does but I have to give him hell for a while (it’s not codependency if you both acknowledge it right?). I try to remind him how most guys would scoop out their spleen with a spoon to have their lady want to watch a sporting event.
So Curt, how’d it feel to be on the other side of the phone? Do you think it’ll change your hostiness? Nice job! Made us proud. I don’t like the pity after they hung up with you. We hard core Atlanta fans are doing just fine thank you very much! That’s just how fantastic our team is!
I am all on board about Atlanta being a crappy baseball town. Believe me, I’ve sat through all those painful playoff series in the early 2000′s at Turner amidst a sea of Cards fans, Cubs fans, etc. Just horrible. But, isn’t there something to the fact that the best baseball towns have harsh winters and little interest in college sports? I really think there’s a big regional piece to the puzzle.
Other than SEC football, the South is a crap sports region. And that goes from DC to Baltimore, to Charlotte, through to Miami and out to New Orleans. Atlanta has just been targeted by the national media, partly because of the end of the run Braves post-season crowd, and primarily because there is an overt media bias against Atlanta. It goes back to that famous SI “Loser Town” article.
Check out the crowds at any sporting event these days and tell me if the crowds in Atlanta are that much worse. Look at Miami? Horrible sports town. But because of the success of the Dolphins, no one talks about it as a bad sports town.
And Phillies fans were conveniently disguised as empty seats when they were having their great run through the late 90s. Let’s not kid ourselves. I watched a Hawks-Sixers game the other night and no one was there. There are few bullet proof franchises left.
One point that is never discussed, and this might be the ultimate cop out, but the Ted is really big. Most of these newish stadiums are seating 35 to 37k. Not sure what the Phillies little league park holds, but I’ll bet it is nowhere near the 47k Turner Field supports. so we sell 35,000 seats to our games and there are 12,000 empty seats to be mocked. Wrigley holds 10 people. Literally. 10 people.
Never thought about the size of the stadiums…interesting. No wonder we couldn’t get tickets to Wrigley. Question…When a pinch runner comes in and ends up scoring who gets the run scored? I did not remember us getting EOF on waivers. Waivers bring up a whole slew of other questions but I’ll google and strain my brain.
I take it back on Citizens Park. That place holds more than 44k according to attendance records from 2009. They drew 3.6 mill last year which is impressive. But as of 2002 they were pulling in 1.6. Braves that year did 2.6.
Finished the movie. If you want a shirt full of tears, that’s your ticket. Sheesh. I hope it’s a long time before I complain about my life again.
The closer we get to the beginning of the season, the more confident I feel about the Bravos. I guess that’s natural. The Phillies’ pitching being so strong in ST is a puzzle to me, and worrisome. And I just noticed that while we have five tough teams right out of the gate, the Phils are busy with the Nats for six games, the Astros, and some other creampuff I think. Between that and having our pitching order out of whack, and Jurrjens possibly needing a couple starts to get in rhythm, it seems like we’re due for some bumps in the road right up front. But once we get past that, I think we’ll give ‘em a run for their money.
Our fifth series is against the Phillies. Curious to see what shape we’re in when that rolls around.
But mostly I’m thinking about the Wild Card. Go Braves!
Blanton’s having some oblique trouble. Those are a pain. I wonder if it’s harder on a pitcher than a hitter (Chipper’s had to deal with it.) They’re saying Blanton may miss some starts. Nothing definite.
Between Perez’s dead arm (and dead talent), Lidge’s cortizone, and now Blanton’s oblique, gotta feel fortunate only having to deal with a sore shoulder delay from Jair.
Arm injuries to pitchers is the most inelegant element in the whole sport to me. And it’s why these long, expensive pitching contracts are just loco. I don’t wish it on them, but I expect Santana to go down before that contract is over.
Of course, with the success rate of Tommy John, maybe it actually makes more sense to sign a premier pitcher to a long contract, expecting one of those years to be his surgery year, rather than take a chance on losing a year or so of a four year contract. The percentage of lost time being smaller with the longer deal.
Yeah – sorry not to acknowledge the timestamp thing sooner. Not sure what the deal is with that. I’ll investigate. New show will be up in about 30 minutes. It’s a behemoth, so it takes longer to upload it, etc.